A familiar looking story came out of Winter Storm Bella, but it wasn't one about blankets of snow covering the area, although that happened. Instead, it was a near-repeat of James Robertson ABC's Person of the Week, the top post for the fourth year of the blog. This time, it was a man cycling to his job in the suburbs instead of one walking there. WXYZ tells the tale in Local man who bikes to work daily gets a new car thanks to the kindness of strangers.*
It's a story 7 Action News first brought you less than a week ago, a young man stopped to help a man riding his bike to work in the snow.I'll be a good environmentalist and recycle for my response. As I wrote on this blog, "I found this a heartwarming story of human persistence and empathy leading to a success of charity, but I also found it illustrated the failure of mass transit in metro Detroit, where more than half of the jobs are beyond the reach of public transit, including Robertson's." Substitute Tony Berard's name for James Robertson's, and the story is exactly the same.
Follow over the jump for more of my reaction.